George Nakashima, ‘Table Lamp by George Nakashima,’, ca. 1968, Almond & Co.
George Nakashima, ‘Table Lamp by George Nakashima,’, ca. 1968, Almond & Co.
George Nakashima, ‘Table Lamp by George Nakashima,’, ca. 1968, Almond & Co.
George Nakashima, ‘Table Lamp by George Nakashima,’, ca. 1968, Almond & Co.
George Nakashima, ‘Table Lamp by George Nakashima,’, ca. 1968, Almond & Co.

A walnut and rosewood lamp by George Nakashima with its original shade.

Manufacturer: Nakashima Studio

About George Nakashima

In the workshop of George Nakashima, the soul of the tree was celebrated. "It is an art- and soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees,” Nakashima said, “to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." Nakashima, an architect who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered woodworking while in an internment camp during WWII. In 1943, he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania and opened his studio. There he created pieces highlighting wood’s natural beauty, most notably by including the tree’s rough outer layer, or the “free edge”. Nakashima worked throughout the world; in India, he became deeply spiritual. He developed a goal to construct peace altars on every continent—the first, made of book-matched slabs of black walnut, was installed at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986.

American, 1905-1990, Spokane, Washington, based in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2017
2017
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2017
2016
New York,
2016
New York,
The Garden in the Machine: Organic Design 1930 to the Present

Solo Shows

2016
New York,
The Garden in the Machine: Organic Design 1930 to the Present

Group Shows

2016
New York,

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2017
2017
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2017
2016
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2016
2016
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2016
2016
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ Basel 2016
2015
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2015
2015
Moderne Gallery at The Salon: Art + Design 2015
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